GISA CLASS AAA STATE TITLE NOTEBOOK: Zenon's amazing career comes to close

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Tony Zenon broke nearly every offensive record the Deerfield-Windsor books had to offer.

Only, his team fell one game short of sending the senior running back out on top.

"I wish we could have won and finished it off with a win," Zenon began after Deerfield's 42-24 loss to George Walton on Friday, "but, hey, I will keep moving."

Few have any doubt he will be just fine. Zenon concluded his Deerfield senior season with 244 carries for 2,264 yards for an average of 9.28 yards a carry. He had 27 rushing touchdowns, including a 55-yard run in the fourth quarter Friday.

For his career, he finished with 5,684 rushing yards on 650 carries. He had 65 career rushing scores.

When Zenon says he will keep moving, he means playing on Saturdays.

Zenon already has offers on the table from Georgia Southern, Central Michigan and University of Alabama-Birmingham. However, a possibility exists more schools will get in on the mix and Zenon is wasting little time in exploring his options. He will be on the Georgia Tech sideline today as a recruited guest of the Yellow Jackets.

The DWS senior stated before the season Georgia Tech would be his number one choice should they offer.

As for any reflections on his career, he didn't have any just yet.

"It still hasn't set in," he said. "I guess I will go and watch basketball now."


Deerfield-Windsor hoped that 6-foot-6 wideout Reggie Brown would be in on some touchdowns Friday night, though George Walton probably didn't think he would throw one.

The athletic, senior receiver caught a backward pass from QB Banks Kinslow in the first quarter on a trick play and spotted Zenon running free down the field. Brown lofted up a perfect pass Zenon bobbled but held on to as he crossed the goal line for a 68-yard touchdown pass and 10-7 lead.

It would be the last lead DWS would own in the game.

Brown finished the season with three receptions for 45 yards from Kinslow by a more traditional variety.


George Walton went out on top. The Bulldogs are moving to play in the GHSA next season and taking the Class AAA title with them.

This was the fourth state championship for GW and first since 2003. That was also the last time Deerfield was looking for back-to-back state championships. The Knights lost to Tattnall Square in the state semifinal that year.